Leading Classroom Conversations: THE VIETNAM WAR

Leading Classroom Conversations: THE VIETNAM WAR

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | No Cost*

7 clock hours
Intended Audience: Secondary educators (grades 6-12)


*includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, materials, and a $75 honorarium

Join other secondary educators to receive training on how to lead classroom discussions around “THE VIETNAM WAR: A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.”

Participants will leave the workshop with a discussion guide that includes highlighted portions of the series for educators to use as discussion focus points and specific strategies to foster student engagement around the documentary. The workshop also includes time to practice guiding discussions using an appreciative inquiry approach. Bill Siegel, an Emmy award-winning documentary director and producer, will facilitate the workshop. Bill is an expert at leading inquiry-based discussions and has led hundreds of training sessions using this approach.

This workshop is a partnership of the Minnesota Humanities Center, WETA, and TPT. WETA (located in Washington, DC) is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States and has been Ken Burns’ production partner for nearly 30 years. The workshop will be filmed and used by WETA as a national model for this type of training. The workshop hours include time for optional individual interviews. Participants will need to sign a media waiver and be willing to be filmed throughout the day.

We are able to offer an honorarium of $75 for participants, and each participating school will receive a DVD set of the entire 18-hour documentary. You do not need to have watched the documentary series to participate.

This valuable and unique opportunity is limited to 25 educators.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event, a substitute may take your place at no additional cost (you are responsible for making financial arrangements with your substitute), or you may request a refund. Email golden@mnhum.org to submit the name of the substitute or to request a refund.


  • Cancellations received more than 10 days before the event will incur a 20% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations received between five and 10 days before the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than five days before the event

The cancellation fees cover the cost of event materials, meals, and other related arrangements. In the event that MHC cancels your workshop, you will receive a 100% refund. Refunds will be issued within five business days of cancellation notice.